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Chrome Remote Desktop for Android is now available on the Play Store, allowing anyone with an Android device to connect to and control their desktop (Windows or Mac) via the Chrome Web app in the Chrome browser. They say that an iOS version will be coming “later this year”, and access to Chromebooks is still in the works.

The desktop version of Chrome Remote Desktop has been out since 2011 Chrome Remote Desktop: Remotely Control Other Computers From Within Chrome Chrome Remote Desktop: Remotely Control Other Computers From Within Chrome Read More , but this is the first time it has come to mobile. It’s entering a crowded market as Microsoft has had Remote Desktop applications for Android and iOS since last October Microsoft Launches Remote Desktop For iOS & Android Microsoft Launches Remote Desktop For iOS & Android Microsoft have released a Remote Desktop app for iOS and Android. This neat little app brings the world of Windows to your tablets and phones, regardless of platform. Read More . Still, many users trust the brand name behind Google Chrome and are willing to take this app out for a spin. It gives you full access to your desktop, allowing you to get to anything just as you could if you were sitting in front of it.

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There are a bevy of options out there for remote desktop access. We’ve taken a look at Microsoft’s Remote Desktop app in comparison to simple third-parties 4 Remote Desktop Apps To Fetch Files In Windows & Beyond 4 Remote Desktop Apps To Fetch Files In Windows & Beyond Microsoft recently removed SkyDrive's "Fetch" feature. Here we show you how you can access files remotely on and from various device, including Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android. Read More  as well as in comparison to more full-fledged administrative-level remote desktop apps Best Android Remote Desktop Apps Compared: Which Is Right For You? Best Android Remote Desktop Apps Compared: Which Is Right For You? There are any number of reasons why you might want to use your Android device for Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) access to a Windows computer. Read More and even compared Chrome Remote Desktop against some other unique remote desktop options 3 Unique Ways To Remotely Control Your Windows Desktop 3 Unique Ways To Remotely Control Your Windows Desktop Care for a little remote desktop control magic? We present non mainstream methods for accessing your computer remotely using a Chrome extension, SSH clients, or over the air using your mobile device. Read More . But at the end of the day, only the user can decide which app is right for them.

You can download Chrome Remote Desktop for Android from the Google Play Store and set up Chrome Remote Desktop right now.

What do you think of this new Android app? Useful, or entering an already crowded market? Let us know in the comments.

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Source: Google Chrome Blog via The Verge

  1. Jeff Schallenberg
    April 20, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Works great for me in Canada.

    I have used Splashtop, Wyse PocketCloud and Teamviewer, and this gem from Chrome is absolutely the easiest to set up and the most intuitive to use.

    • Justin D
      May 9, 2014 at 12:17 am

      I think I have to agree with you. :) Thanks for the feedback, and for letting us know it works in Canada!

  2. Igor B
    April 19, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Can't install in Europe? What is up with that?

    • Justin D
      May 9, 2014 at 12:17 am

      That's quite weird. Sorry about that. I'm sure they'll be expanding the service to Europe soon.

  3. Davin Peterson
    April 18, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    Another Remote Desktop that works on the Nexus 7 tablet is Splashtop Remote

    • Justin D
      May 9, 2014 at 12:16 am

      Yeah! I've used it before, and it's not bad. Thanks for the recommendation. :)

  4. cptpicard
    April 18, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    I think this could be an excellent app. I usually have good luck with Google apps.

    That said, I have been using Team Viewer and overall am very happy with it.

    • Justin D
      May 9, 2014 at 12:15 am

      I've used Team Viewer in the past as well, but after a few days with Chrome Remote Desktop, I have to say I'm really liking the simplicity and how easy it is to use and setup.

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